Add privacy to your yard to create a gorgeous getaway. Check out these landscaping ideas for creating a private, secluded yard.

By Kelly Roberson
Updated August 05, 2019

Add some seculsion to your yard with landscaping tips and tricks. Rely on hardscaping like fences and pergolas, or use privacy plants to create a screen garden. Here are privacy options that will add coziness and style to any yard, so explore and find what will make your yard feel complete.

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Depend On a Tall Fence

Decorative and useful hardscape pieces and plantings soften the lines of a towering fence, like in this outdoor privacy idea. Simple detailing, including a wide cap piece, breaks up an otherwise overwhelming facade on an extra-tall fence. Hung on the fence, a decorative latticework sculpture serves as an outdoor-ready, artistic element. A low stone bench, with river rock collected on top and at the base, offers an additional seating spot. Near the base of the fence, lights provide a safety element and ambiance for nighttime gatherings. Groundcover and a midheight tree soften the geometric lines of the paved seating area. Keep your landscape private and secure with more tips.

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Open Up For Privacy

A stripped-down fence and airy plants offer subtle garden screening in this front yard privacy idea. Two oversize urns planted with rhododendrons mark the transition from public face to private space. The open latticework fence offers a discrete but unmistakable barrier; bright green paint and wood framing gives it distinctive character. Double doors are a steadfast signal of a secluded area; the latticework details and wood inserts neatly complement the contrasting fence pieces. Lacy, branching trees gracefully arch up and over the decorative garden screen panels for a soft, protective canopy. A wispy groundcover of sweet woodruff softens the space between gravel pathway and fence.

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Use Lattice as a DIY Garden Privacy Screen

A privacy fence and carefully chosen plants insulate a side yard. A clamoring vine—here, Boston ivy—softens hardscape edges and adds another layer of privacy. A door is a distinctive, uninterrupted signal of a private space; fitted with a small section of latticework, it includes a decorative element that repeats the design in the fence. While the fence's woodwork signals a secluded landscape, the lattice's open weave filters both sunlight and views. Low-growing shrubs, such as a dwarf globe blue spruce, provide a way to maintain a year-round, softscape barrier. A carefully chosen selection of plants and materials—river rock, patterned pavers, variegated hostas, black-eyed Susans—offers low-maintenance beauty.

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Perfect Pairing

Plants and fence work in tandem to shield a front yard from view. A pergola can be a decorative piece and a privacy element; here, it's integrated into a fence. A few shrubs and plants, including coleus, soften the narrow stretch of space between pathway and house. Wisteria (a great privacy screen plant) works in tandem with the more substantial privacy elements, including the stucco fence, to offer a second layer of screening. Balanced on top of the pergola, a wide, shallow container contains trailing plants. Two materials in the fence—stucco and wrought iron—break up what could be a static facade.

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An Artful Fence

Distinctive features play up the elegance of a private patio. Most every fence needs edges and cap pieces; here an edge shaped into a curve and a cap piece in the form of a pyramid offer visual accents. Several sizes of similarly styled containers, planted with sunny zinnias, can be moved into different positions within a secluded nook to offer another layer of privacy. A trimmed boxwood shrub supports the style of the fence and closes the gap between public and private spaces. Trees, including a Japanese maple, planted close to house and fence enclose the area overhead. Richly stained wood doors break up a large expanse of stucco on the fence.

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Ready For Roses

A fence offers seclusion and a space for a pretty plant's blooms. Architectural details on hardscape elements can add visual interest to privacy elements. Here, a gentle curve keeps the eye moving along the top of the fence. Rambling plants, such as this climbing rose, are a pretty way to soften fences. The tight weave of the open latticework fence screens the view while allowing for good air movement and filtering light to the semiprivate yard. Grass that runs right next to a fence can prove difficult to mow; this backyard includes a wide berth, covered in gravel, to separate lawn and fence edge. Tall privacy trees and an elevated urn mark the end of the fence and continue the separation between public and private.

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Create a Restful Nook

Use plants to cocoon a garden spot. This inexpensive backyard privacy idea uses existing natural elements. Trees are often used as a canopy over a quiet nook. Here, a pergola serves the same purpose. In place of the heavy-duty look of wood, a delicate metal DIY privacy fence shields two chairs and a table. Plants can complement each other and hardscape elements. In this nook, a burgundy Japanese maple pops against the yellow stucco and picks up the colors in the chair fabric. Lower growing plants, including a climbing hydrangea, envelop the seating area, giving the setting softscape "sides." Pretty blooms, including astilbe, get a boost by being planted in an elevated container.

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Fanciful Fence

Dress up a privacy barrier with accents. In a mostly hardscape section of the garden, mixing materials heightens visual interest. Here, pavers combine with river rocks and shredded wood for a distinctive edge. Garden ornaments, including an imaginative birdhouse planter and a series of bright purple paintings, adorn the fence. A pair of metalwork obelisks provides a spot for fast-growing privacy plants to clamor up. Staggered landscape elements, such as a raised bed, offer delightful garden details. A tall wood fence gets a pick-me-up with a simple latticework top.

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Casual Corner

A few plants and accents create a pretty, private nook. Instead of continuing a paved section of the garden all the way to a privacy fence, a small planted nook offers a focal point and a softer edge. A cluster of hydrangeas, distinctive in both foliage and big blooms, takes the focus off the functional but monotone fence.

Set on a stone pedestal, a showy urn moves the eye from the corner of the fence out toward the garden. Repeating patterns make the difference in even the simplest of landscapes. Here, the angles of the pavers are replicated in the angles of the corner bed. Tucked against the backdrop of the fence, two hanging baskets pick up the color of the blooms in the containers and in the ground.

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Privacy Plants in Place of a Fence

Clusters of midheight to tall growers offer an appealing alternative to hardscape elements. Most homeowners rely on hardscape elements for privacy, but in this secluded nook, oversize ornamental grasses backed by larger shrubs and trees stand in for a fence. When the grasses are cut back in the spring, evergreen magnolia and Alaskan cedar maintain structural interest.

Located in a large container, a water fountain helps filter out noise from neighbors, making the yard feel more private. While taller plants offer a natural "back" to the seating area, intermittent placement of midsize growers, including supplies a lower screen. An array of plants in oranges, light greens, and purples, such as coralbells, creates an attractive color palette.

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Privacy Hedge Plants

In this backyard sanctuary, an outdoor fireplace backs up to tall and lush hedges. The green spreads across the ground between square concrete pavers for a luxe look. Potted plants adorn the hearth for added texture and color.

There are many great options for privacy hedge plants, but it's important to look at specific varieties. American arborvitae is an upright evergreen with flat sprays of scalelike needles. 'Techny' is among the most popular varieties; it grows 10 to 15 feet tall, making it a good choice for a hedge or screen. Boxwood sets the standard for formal clipped hedges. Its ability to withstand frequent shearing and shaping into perfect geometric forms. Letting it grow tall provides a great privacy hedge. Some varieties grow to 20 feet tall.

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Bamboo Privacy

This outdoor bamboo privacy screen distorts vision into this backyard but doesn't completely block light. Pavers, stones, and gravel add natural charm, while shrubs and small trees amp up the green. The bamboo privacy fence gives the garden a zen feel and adds delicate texture.

While bamboo can be used to create privacy fences and screens. Golden bamboo is a popular variety known for growing quickly. A bamboo privacy hedge has the same benefit of blocking visuals but still letting in light. Foliage on top of the bamboo stalks adds an extra bit of density to the screen.

Comments (1)

August 24, 2018
You have given me wonderful ideas that I can use to work on our new yard. We need a little privacy and lots of wonderful flowers to fill the empty spaces. Thank You